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Debate Over ‘White Privilege’ Between Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly Descends Into Shouting Match


"Sorry to confuse you with the facts."

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly clashed with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart Wednesday night in an intense debate over the existence of "white privilege."

O'Reilly appeared on "The Daily Show" to promote his new book "Killing Patton," but Stewart steered the conversation in another direction.

"Listen to me," Stewart told O'Reilly. "Here's all I want from you today — this is it, this is all we got to do in this conversation. I have one simple goal. I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege. That's all I want."

O'Reilly didn't oblige.

"OK look," the Fox News host told Stewart. "If there is white privilege, then there has to be Asian privilege because Asians make more money than whites."

"What?" Stewart asked, seemingly stunned.

"Oh, you didn't know any of this, huh?" O'Reilly countered, adding that Asians on average "make more money" and have a "higher education."

"You're missing the point," Stewart said.

"Sorry to confuse you with the facts," O'Reilly quipped.

[sharequote align="right"]"Sorry to confuse you with the facts."[/sharequote]

The two continued to debate each other over the topic, going back and forth over the topic.

“You are carrying more of a burden as a black person in this country than a white person in this country,” Stewart told O’Reilly.

“Collectively, yes,” O’Reilly responded. “But not –”

“Individually,” Stewart said. “They don’t stop and frisk Wall Street bankers, even though they’ve done far more damage to the economy.”

Things ultimately descended into a shouting match as Stewart attempted to convince O'Reilly that there had been a "systemized subjugation of the black community."

"Would you not agree with that?" he asked.

"That was then, this is now!" O'Reilly replied. “Maybe you haven’t figured out that there is no more slavery, no more Jim Crow, and the most powerful man in the world is a black American, and the most powerful woman in the world, Oprah Winfrey, is black.”

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